Season Two of Addicted will premier Tuesday August 28 on Discovery Fit and Health at 10pm, and I am asked each day how I am feeling about the day approaching.
Being a part of an award winning TV show was never on my radar, not planned or even dreamed about. 19 years ago, I was hopelessly addicted, homeless, hungry, cold and despairing, wanting to die every second I was alive. Finding recovery at 21, I slowly rebuilt my life, healing my spirit, facing the viscous and haunting memories of the street, made amends and peace with the people I harmed, and began to walk into a future that was uncertain and with sobriety, wide open.
Intervention is a calling. Great interventionists are not created through studies and training but come from within. Intervention is the art of connecting instantly with addicted individuals, in a way that allows them to come forward and open themselves to the opportunity for change. This is a skill that cannot be taught, it is innate. Intervention is far more than my work, intervention is my calling and it has been an extraordinary way to spend half my life.
Addicted has been a life changing experience. For this addict from the streets, jumping in front of a camera, feeling vulnerable and afraid to expose my work, life and my heart, swallowing hard, standing face forward, chest out, feeling the fear and jumping anyway, has left me with a new sense of courage. I don’t pay attention to the cameras anymore; they truly fade away as soon as I am in front of the addict and family. Addicted might be a TV show but the work is real, the families and stories are real, and that it what matters most to me. Addicted might win awards, could go onto season 3, 4 or 5and 6 but what matters most is the families, the work and the recovery. I am proud of Addicted and I am proud of the 16 very brave families who trusted me enough to allow their stories to be told. And long after the cameras and crew are gone, long after edits are complete, and long after the excitement and press about Addicted is over, I will still be here practicing intervention, working with addicts and their families and waging the war against addiction.
I am humbled every time I see myself on TV. Honestly, I do don’t see it as my ‘success’ but a shared success with recovering addicts everywhere. 19 years ago I was hopeless as a person could be, my life was small and dark and purposeless and if I can come back from addiction, anyone can. I hope to be example to all addicts and their families that we can and do find recovery, sobriety is possible, change does happen and redemption and freedom are possible.
Thank you for your continued and unwavering support.
Sober and Shameless,
As many support emails and letters I have received, I have also received hate messages for Addicted, doubting the authenticity of the show and calling me a 'worthless and fake interventionist.' There is nothing you can say to me, that will hurt, stop or slow me down; You matter not. I take great offense however, to doubting the authenticity of the show and the treatment. To all the haters and doubters of me and the show, These are the beautiful faces of Addicted.
Jeremy from Season One; Aaron and Lindsey from Season Two; Sober, Shining and Healthy